Replacing my router with pfSense with a Qotom Q150P-S08 from AliExpress

Instead of using the TP-Link TL-R470T+ router at home which I’ve showed in a previous post [link], I have decided it’s time to take the plunge and start using proper router software, pfSense. pfSense is open-source router/firewall software. It comes with many advanced features and is often used in the enterprise, it’s probably overkill in […]

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We’ve received a free Google Beacon!

So, I forgot I signed up to receive a free Beacon from Google a while ago – but it has just turned up this week at my work, here is a run down of what it does and how to receive one. A beacon for those who don’t know is a small Bluetooth 4.0 Low […]

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PHP contact form boilerplate

Every now and again, there is a need for a simple HTML site which does not need the bloat of a CMS. However, these sites usually require a contact form, so to prevent the need of creating a new PHP form each time and re-downloading the PHPMailer library, etc. I have uploaded an PHP contact […]

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LXD Container backup to FTP server script

As mentioned in my previous post, I would post code for a script which will backup an LXD container as a snapshot, then transfer to an FTP server. The script to do this is below, it has been tested on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Ensure you have these packages installed: netcat exim4 lftp curl Save this […]

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Web related talks from Google I/O 2018

Google I/O 2018 is now over, as with last year I have added links to a bunch of talks I have found interesting. Most of them are Web related, with a couple of Android and Google Assitant talks.   Google I/O 2018 main keynotes Keynote Developer Keynote   Web Building a seamless web Build a […]

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Creating an LXD container on Ubuntu 16.04

I have started getting-to-grips with LXD on Ubuntu – It’s pretty great! LXD makes it possible to separate your applications into containers, and the containers run close to bare metal. I’m running LXD on my webserver (the one hosting what you’re viewing this website on), with four containers: HAProxy: Used for sending port 80 and […]

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Quick and easy FTP server install on a Raspberry Pi

For this setup, i’m using Ubuntu 16.04 running on a Raspberry Pi 3. The instructions should work correctly in Debian and Raspbian too – in fact, you will probably have luck using these instructions on any Linux operating system, Raspberry Pi or not. Note: FTP is not a secure protocol, I would recommend using SFTP […]

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VestaCP API firewall suspend and unsuspend bash script

VestaCP offers an API which allows the firewall rules to be changed, but I could only find examples which use PHP and cURL and I required a script which would work as a Bash script. I’ve created a script below which you’re free to use. Ensure your host URL, admin username and password are correct […]

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Steps to safely remove Linux kernels (Ubuntu)

Note: Please understand, these instructions can make your system non-bootable. If you’re unsure, do not continue. If you’re trying to update the kernel and low/empty disk space errors are shown, it’s probably because the /boot/ directory is full. Use this command to see the available space of /boot/: sudo df -h Now check the kernel […]

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